Hunters and Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me

Throw Your Arms Around Me 1986 (cover)

Throw Your Arms Around Me 1986 (cover)

 

The 1984 Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ]

Release Date: 1984.

Australian Chart Position: [Did Not Enter].

Availability: Extremely rare.

Value: A$6-A$35.

This is the rarest of the three different Throw Your Arms Around Me singles. Generally unknown, a live version. B-side is The Unbeliever (live).

 

The 1986 Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ] [USA].

Release Date: 1986.

Australian Chart Position: #49 (AMR).

The version usually played on modern rock radio.

Single Availability: (US version) Extremely rare, (Aus version) Moderately rare.

Value: A$6-A$26.

B-sides on the Australian single are Who’s On Left? and When The Truth Comes Out.

B-sides on the US single are dance remixes of Say Goodbye and Is There Anybody In There?.

 

The 1990 Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: 1990.

Australian Chart Position: #34 (ARIA) / #30 (AMR).

The version usually played on ‘pop’ radio.

Availability: Moderately rare.

Value: A$6-A$22.

B-sides are Something To Believe In and When The Truth Comes Calling.

 

Original Version(s)

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1] 1986  3:53 Human Frailty album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1] 1986 3:54 Crucible album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1] 1986 3:52 Non-Australian versions of the Collected Works album. Moderately common. Not available new.
Studio [1] 1986 3:52 Australian 1986 Throw Your Arms Around Me single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 1986 3:52 US 1986 Throw Your Arms Around Me single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 1986 3:52 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits video. Moderately common. Available new in CD/DVD, DVD and digital form.
Studio [1] 1986 3:53 Anthology album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2] 1990 4:11 Australian versions of the Collected Works album and video. Extremely common. Not available new.
Studio [2] 1990 4:11 Australian versions of the Collected Works album and video. The Vault digital download at True Believers for 25 December 2016.
Studio [2] 1990 4:11 Australian 1990 Throw Your Arms Around Me single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [2] 1990 4:11 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits video. Moderately common. Available new in CD/DVD, DVD and digital form.
Studio [3] 4:01 Mark Seymour One Eyed Man album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live Acoustic [1] 4:45 Living In Large Rooms and Lounges album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live Acoustic [2] 4:40 Mark Seymour Live At The Basement video. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic [3] 3:53 Mark Seymour Daytime and the Dark album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live Acoustic [3] 3:53 Mark Seymour Do You See What I See? promo single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic [4] 4:50 Best of Acoustic video. Moderately common. Available new in DVD form.
Live [1] 3:30 Australian 1984 7″ Throw Your Arms Around Me single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [1] 3:31 Spare Parts album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [1] 3:39 1984 10 24 Throw Your Arms Around Me, Geoff Tapes VHS PCM. The Vault digital download at True Believers for 20 September 2015.
Live [2] 5:08 The Way To Go Out album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [3] 5:16 Spare Parts album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [4] 5:16 Under One Roof / Greatest Hits Live album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [4] 5:16 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits album. Extremely common. Available new in CD, CD/DVD and digital form.
Live [5] 7:00 Sound Relief video. Extremely common. Available new in DVD form.
Live [6] 6:12 Live 2014 box set – Enmore 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [7] 7:01 Live 2014 digital album (2017 version). Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live [7] 7:01 Live 2014 box set – Palais 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [8] 4:26 Mark Seymour From Bondi to Bedlam album and video. Moderately common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [9] 4:49 Mark Seymour Roll Back The Stone album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live [10] 4:42 1989 01 27 Dee Why Hotel, Sydney, Australia T2 Cassette. The Vault digital download at True Believers for 3 August 2014.

Recommended Version.

 

Cover Version(s)

Artist Version Length Source
Sarah Blackwood Live 4:47 YouTube video posted on the Internet (2011).
Luke Bloom Studio 3:38 Keeper of the Flame album (2000).
Bont & Bluegrass Studio 3:38 2006 European World of Bluegrass album (2006).
Kate Ceberano Studio 3:34 Nine Lime Avenue album (2007).
Jacqui Clune Studio 3:16 No Princess album (2003).
Crowded House Live [1] 3:54 Specific versions of the Distant Sun single (1993).
Crowded House Live [2] 2:57 Farewell to the World album/video (1996).
Alison Crowe Studio 4:24 Spiral album (2010).
Doug Anthony All Stars Live 3:23 Dead & Alive video (1994).
Neil Finn Live 3:57 Encore! fan club album (1999).
Tim Finn Live 3:57 Rarities Demos Live Performances Vol. 1 album (2008).
Jenn Grant Studio 4:03 Deluxe Edition (2015) of Compostela album (2014).
Hopkinson Studio 4:27 Throw Your Arms Around Me EP (2009).
Ben Lee Studio 4:35 The Rebirth of Venus 2CD album version (2009).
Paul McDermott Live 5:03 The Good News Week Tapes, Volume 1: Paul McDermott Unplugged album (1998).
The Melons Studio 3:18 Strictly Melonhead EP (1994).
Greg Page Studio N/A Throw Your Arms Around Me album (2004).
Pearl Jam Live [1-20] N/A 17 live performances; some available on official bootlegs (1992-2014). Full list.
Tripod Studio 2:56 Box Set album (1997).
Eddie Vedder & Neil Finn Studio 3:54 Crucible album (2013).
Lynda Wehipeihana Studio 3:39 Lynda Wehipeihana Project album (2000).
Wob Live 3:35 Shouting from the Shore album (2000).

This list from APRA indicates there may be many more cover versions.

 

Commentary

Comments from the “Natural Selection” liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Love songs are hard enough to pull off tastefully. The strength of Arms is in its honesty, and a very simple hooky chorus. Other than that there isn’t much else to say. It’s personal. Hunters played it with great force and conviction. Though many have covered it, the best version is this live one from ‘Under One Roof’.

 

“Throw Your Arms Around Me” is the song that Hunters and Collectors are best remembered for – for better or worse. It still gets played at least somewhere in the country at most times of the day. Whenever a “best Australian songs” list comes up, the chances are Throw Your Arms will be in there somewhere. Big names have covered the song – artists such as Pearl Jam and Crowded House, who have sold more records than Hunters and Collectors could have dreamed of.

The first version of Throw Your Arms to surface was a very raw very on the live album “The Way To Go Out”. It often seems hard to imagine that this extremely raw song went on to become as popular as it is. This version is never played on radio and generally not that well known about. If you are new to Hunters and Collectors, this is NOT the version to start with. Most people who are not fans do not think much of this version at all.

Throw Your Arms was popularised with the 1986 “Human Frailty” version, a more refined but still decidedly raw guitar driven pop song. This version did not chart that well (peaked at number 49) but would have contributed a lot towards sales of “Human Frailty” and is still played on radio today. Modern rock stations prefer this version to the extremely refined 1990 version.

The band had another shot at the song with the release of “Collected Works” in 1990. This version is a very refined version with a much improved vocal. While this suits it to pop radio, it lacks a bit of the appeal of the 1986 version in that it is not so raw.

 

Lyrics

I will come for you at night time
I will raise you from your sleep
I will kiss you in four places
I’ll go running along your street

I will squeeze the life out of you
You will make me laugh and make me cry
We will never forget it
You will make me call your name and
I’ll shout it to the blue summer sky

We may never meet again
So shed your skin and lets get started
And you will throw your arms around me

I dreamed of you at night time
And I watched you in your sleep
I met you in high places
I touched your head and touched your feet

So if you disappear out of view
You know, I will never say goodbye
Though I try to forget it
You will make me call your name and
I’ll shout it to the blue summer sky

We may never meet again
So shed your skin and lets get started
And you will throw your arms around me
Yeah you will throw you arms around me

 

Note: In 2012 Mark started using a different second verse:

Oh, whatever world you come from
Yeah, whatever tongue you speak
Well you can ride on my bus any time
I’ll stand by you in defeat

Yeah, for all we know and all we feel
For the naked truth will never die
We may speak a thousand languages
But you will make me call your name
And I’ll shout it to the blue summer sky